Author has written 10 stories for Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, Lion King, Elfen Lied, Stargate: Universe, A song of Ice and Fire, Stargate: Atlantis, and Avengers.
Welcome, browsers! You probably came here wanting to see if I have anything to say on my abysmal updating habits (or you're bored?) and unfortunately, all I can offer in way of explanation is that my muse is a total bipolar asshat. That is to say, my writing abilities fluctuate more than a pregnant woman's libido. At times, I feel an insane ADHD urge to write and will lock away my friends and family, stay up for days without eating or showering until I finally emerge from my room, sneering at the sunlight and fresh air. At other times, I'll stare at that blinking little line where my words are supposed to go until my eyes go dry and I'm grinding my teeth.
It's a terrible affliction, since there is nothing I get more joy and fulfillment out of than writing. But I digress;
I'm a 19 year old female from South Africa, living in the gorgeous coastal city of Port Elizabeth. I love my country but hate the way its governed (although, to be fair, who doesn't?). I live with my family and my best friend of five years, who helps keep me sane and pushes me to go out and experience the real world.
Currently my hobbies include; Watching shows and anime, reading, writing, gaming, going for long drives along the coast or through the countryside while listening to loud music, playing Dungeons and Dragons and pub hopping. If I'm feeling energetic, I have a surprising amount of fun dancing in dodgy clubs - the one's with strobe lights and smoke machines and glass on the floor :P
I've been questioned about my origins many times throughout my life - apparently I often tend to sound either very English or very American. This is naturally vexing to my fellow countrymen, but I was born and raised in Port Elizabeth. Whenever my family from overseas come to visit I am reassured that my accent is thoroughly South African, and any 'poshness' comes from my love of the English language and the countless hours I spend watching American or European TV.
I love meeting new people when I go out, and things can get wonderfully raucous. Living in a relatively small city, it's pretty cool to find that everyone knows everyone, and so despite having only one person I really consider a friend, I have a long list of friendly acquaintances that are always fun to hang out with. Overall though, I live a quiet, content life in a pretty suburb a stone's throw away from the countryside.
I enjoy sunlight, but in South Africa that big yellow bastard is NOT mild and I hate, hate, hate the heat. I like it cold, wet and miserable - which my British relatives inform me is really not saying much down here. If I could enjoy clear skies without feeling like a boiled egg, I'd be ecstatic. Sadly, this rarely happens.
My taste in music is far too vast to be explained in detail, but suffice it to say that there's probably at least one song I like from every band or artist, be it pop, rock, rap, dubstep, reggae, jaz, or metal. Although I think I have a preference for alternative rock.
I definitely have a thing for dark romance, particularly long, drawn out love stories. Morally ambiguous characters interest me far more than straight-laced protagonists, as will be apparent by my fics :P
I also like to dabble with that tricky bugger called 'plot', and it's a bit like wrestling an overly excited dog into a car. Limbs keep popping out and scratching me in the face, and such is the sensation of discovering a plothole or lose end. I have the best readers though - they kindly and politely point me in the right direction whenever I screw up :)
My goal, as is probably the case with many of us who hang around on this site, is to be a successful author. It's so scary and so wonderful to look back every year and realize that my writing was awful - it indicates progress. Although I do hope, now that I'm leaving my teenage years, that the level of awfulness will smooth out somewhat.
I have learned so much from my fellow authors on this site. Few things entertain me more than settling in front of my computer and finding a really great story. So thank you all
Now to walk the delicate line between being preachy and giving advice;
Reviews are important. The more reviews a fic has, the more popular it becomes - and the more popular it becomes, the more people read it. And so the review/popularity ratio grows exponentially. And this is what all authors crave - to separate their works from the masses and have them reach many, many people, spreading the imagination and further inspiring others.
This is why I attempt to leave at least one review for every story that tickles my fancy, particularly fledglings that could use the extra encouragement. It's a good practice for all of us to have, I think. There are so many great works coming out now, even for fandoms that I thought had kind of died out.
I also think it's important to reply to all reviews and establish good communication with your reader base, further cementing your position in the community. And it's a great way to make new friends!
...but that's a personal goal of mine. And I struggle to stay true to it, lord knows (I'm pretty sure I have a four month backlog on review replies at any given time...hehehe). It's a lot easier to leave one review than reply to ten, but I think it's worth it in the end.
Update: 16 July 2015
Shameless advertising time! I've worked long and hard on another Ulquihime amv. It's one of my best - and there are probably some scenes I've made that will make Ulquihime fans squeal - but stupid youtube made me replace the audio due to copyright bullcrap... Anyway, if you go to the video on youtube, there's a link in the description leading to another site that has the video with the original audio, but which also made a mess of things by cutting off the video like 40 seconds early Dx Gah! It's been a royal pain in my arse, but I feel like it's still worth sharing. FF is a notorious bitch when it comes to links, so I'm not sure if this will work but...: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sefkKF50r0U
If that link doesn't work, you can always just search Ulquihime - Elastic Heart by M Horn on youtube :)
Update: 2 July 2015
I've taken down all of my stories except for Ikigai, for various reasons. Because there might still be people out there who enjoyed those fics, you have the option to PM me with your email address and I will send you a copy. FF is kind of annoying when it comes to email addresses though (they just don't show up when you type them) so just add in spaces when you send them to me. For example: TheLadyIntegra @ gmail . com
My goal is for Ikigai to reach 1000 reviews by its completion. That would just be the tits.
My Bleach Amv; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XRKyRCKhe0
A playlist I created for Ikigai; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFtx1Uyx1fk&index=1&list=PLLPXrx06ICbTZpR2NAjXiPmXvQpTYrZN3
I'm now going to do that thing where people list off their fandoms.
I tend to veer towards reading and writing about the antagonists. There is a perfectly good reason for this though! It's not that I don't love the good guys, it's just...they're the good guys. Chances are their story has been told and given a happy ending. The bad guys? Not so much. And yeah, okay, the bad guys are kinda more interesting. Also, as a female, I'm not ashamed to say that my interest in characters is based pretty much solely on my attraction to them. I guess it's a chick thing...
Alright, I'm gonna arrange these by how old I was when I became obsessed;
Dragon Ball Z!:
What kid DIDN'T love this show? It used to air reruns at like two in the morning and six/seven year old me would sneak out of bed, get comfy in the lounge, feel guilty about leaving my parents out of the awesomeness, climb on top of them while they slept and whisper in my dad's ear that DBZ was on, did he want to come watch? He politely turned me down. I think. His voice was muffled by his pillow, but he didn't crap me out for being up in the middle of the night so I guess he was flattered.
Several years later, the whole family watched Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and GT together. My dad downloaded the UNCENSORED version for us and it. Was. Epic.
My favorite characters would be difficult for me to choose, because this show represented such a happy, innocent part of my life as well as my introduction into anime and I genuinely do love them all, even the lame side characters and the evillest bad guys, but...
It's Vegeta.Yum! And Gohan. And Goku. And Piccolo. Oh god help me, I can't stop!
More recently, Cell as well. He's kinda hot (don't judge me!). I watched the Funimation dub (Dbz is the ONLY anime I will tolerate in dub, because that's how I saw it for the first time, but dub is an evil scourge on this planet) and he's got a really smooth, cool voice. He's just generally a super chill guy. Other than...you know, wanting to kill, like...everyone. And looking like a big creepy bug man. But his face is pretty sexy in his final form!
I pretty much stick with canon couples for DBZ. Gah! That's why it was the best anime ever! It had romance and action and humor and just...wow...
Aaanyway. Check out DBZ abridged! It's the most amazing thing on YouTube, and you can quote me on that.
How did 6/7 year old me move on from the horror of DBZ being taken off of TV? Transformers came on instead, every day at 5pm! And Starscream's harrowing journey from foe to friend to foe to dead friend ripped out my tiny heart. His friendship with Alexis will always be one of the bestest, saddest things from TV.
The literary companion of every kid in the 2000's. I've read those books, literally, like 20 times each. Except for the last one, which I've probably only read like 5 times...It's hard when you have to read the other six first, and by the time the seventh book came out I'd gotten an internet connection.
Given that the books gave us an awesome ending for most of the good guys (poor Tonks and Remus :( ...), I pretty much read fics about the bad guys...Lucius Malfoy, Snape (not really a bad guy, but still), heck, even Tom Riddle! I've never really read up on Draco though...he's just too prissy for my tastes.
The crappy sci fi show my family and I devoured together. It helped that we started watching when I was about 10 years old, so the corniness didn't put me off and my parents aren't stuck up. We finished it a year or so later and those are still some of my BEST memories. I mean holy cow, that was one awesome, terrible show. My favorite character?
Todd. Todd the Wraith. A sexy space vampire with long white hair who wears a leather trenchcoat and makes the humans dance for him like puppets because he's like a ten thousand year old mastermind, muahahahaha!
No, but seriously. Most of the wraith are pretty evil, but Todd is actually a fairly decent guy. He helps the protagonists out several times and is the only wraith with a sense of humor. He manipulates them a bit along the way, but not in a way that hurts them reeeaallly...
And then the two human male leads - John Sheppard (so freaking cute! But not as sexy as Todd) and Rodney Mckay, who is the brains as well as the comic relief and is pretty much the original Sheldon Cooper. And the only female lead I actually like (Tayla is okay, but meh, and Dr Weir is SUPER meh) is Jennifer Keller, a cute doctor who is played by the same chick as Kaylee from Firefly!
Oh, and Ronan! It's Khal Drogo bitches! Yeah, I actually saw him in another show first!
My aunt introduced my mom to Bleach when I was 13. Believe it or not back then I was seriously put off by having to watch a show in another language. But my parents were watching it, so I figured what the hell.
My life could have gone so differently if I hadn't done that...
You'll probably get sick of hearing this from me, but I'm a fairly enthusiastic person and I love basically all the Bleach characters! Yup, I am very fond of them all. The humans, the Shinigami, the Espada, even Aizen (except for in the English dub, where he sounds like a creepy, stoned pedophile. Ulquiorra's English voice is actually not bad at all - 'come with me, little girl'...meow! But Orihime's sucks the big one. Sorry sweety.)
Probably the only Bleach character I actually dislike is Kaname Tousen. Screw you, bro. He acts all self righteous and shit, but he's a mondo douchebag. At least Aizen is awesome enough to be evil and not give a crap. Tousen is all like, 'oh, I must walk the path of least bloodshed, for I am Justice...so naturally I must follow this psychopath who is way cooler than me and kill thousands of innocent people...'
If you twist my arm, I can probably give a list of the top ten.
It's Ulquiorra, Grimmjow, Gin, Orihime, Urahara, Byakuya, Yoruichi, Shinji, Kurotsuchi, Rukia, Kenpachi, Yachiru, Nel, Rangiku, Ichigo, Renji, Ishida...
Shit. Okay, I really mean it when I said I pretty much love them all. This is the problem with shows that have a huge cast. You can't choose!
Okay, I can. It's Ulquiorra. Bleach is the first fandom where I've genuinely shipped specific pairings (I'm generally pretty loosey-goosey, reading whatever is cool) but UlquiHime will forever hold a special place in my heart. And IchiHime is where my dreams go to die. BLEGH. Love Ichigo. Love Orihime. Hate the pairing. Just no, no, no. Ichigo and Rukia go great together (although during my phase of hating on Ichigo for killing Ulquiorra, I totally shipped Rukia with Renji so that Ichigo could die alone...I'm not proud). I also ship Yoruichi and Urahara (has there ever been a cuter, sexier couple?!) and Hitsugaya and Karin. I'm not against Orihime and Grimmjow though. I'm actually more partial to Nnoitora and Nel than Grimmjow and Nel, but I can go either way really. Oh, how could I forget! Like the only genuine, canon couple in the show - Gin and Rangiku! Love that pairing so much. So beautiful and tragic.
Why must you take away everything beautiful, Kubo!
The second anime I watched after Bleach and holymotherofcow, Alucard! Good grief that character is attractive! Integra (as you can tell by my profile name) is a total badass in my eyes. I think I ship her with Alucard more than Seras, which is weird because I usually prefer the big bad wolves to be with the sweet little lambs, but the sexual tension and the awesome relationship between Integra and Alucard is just electrifying. Seras is totally awesome too, but I ship her and Pip and see her as more of a daughter to Alucard.
Usually. I'll read pretty much anything.
Long story short, loved them all but; Sesshoumaru! The aloof older brother with the cute little girl companion? Hell yes! I ship Sesshoumaru with pretty much anyone, including Kagome. Inuyasha is cool and whatnot, but he got the girl in canon, so screw it.
The best. Sci Fi. Ever. I cannot oversell how good this show is. The characters, the drama, the intrigue. The sexy Scottish scientist with the bad attitude and a brain bigger than everyone else's put together. It's such a good show, but, like the tragic death of Firefly, it was cancelled before it's time. After only two seasons. Wtf.
Favorite character? Nicholas Rush. Big time. Everybody hates him and he deserves it.
Once Upon a Time!:
This show is pretty terrible. I watch it for only three characters; the Evil Queen, who is a broken woman with a story that makes me tear up, and RumBelle. To be more specific, Rumpelstiltskin and Belle. Rumpel is a scheming, manipulating little imp played by the sexy as all get out Robert Carlyle (who also plays Nicholas Rush from SGU - the reason why I stuck around past episode 1). Belle is the adorable bookworm based off my favorite Disney princess, and to my delight, for ONCE the bad guy gets the girl! Rumbelle is canon!
Captain Hook is pretty hot too.
Sadly, I have yet to read a fic that grabbed my attention for Lost, but maybe one day I'll write one. Lost was one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen, and I have no clue why some people didn't like the ending. It was perfect!
I have two favorite characters from Lost. The first one was obvious to me from the start; Sayid. Good grief, what a man. That accent? Those arms? Hoo boy. I've had dreams about that man...wonderful dreams...
Ahem. Anyway, my other favorite is a little less obvious but still just as awesome, if not more so, than Sayid. Ben Linus. Who thought a bug-eyed little man could take my breath away. A pathological liar, a cold blooded murderer and one of the most fantastic, sympathetic villains ever. Some day I will write you a truly happy ending dude.
Loki. 'Nuff said.
Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire!:
Obviously Tyrion is the best, but I don't read fics for him. I pretty much only read about the Hound, because gosh darn it, Sansa should have gone with him!
While Harley Quinn is my fave batman girl, I prefer not to read fics with her and the Joker because, and this is weird, I like her too much. I love reading Joker/OC fics because I'm not as emotionally attached to the OC and watching the Joker abuse them doesn't make me wanna cry. It's all worth it in the end, so long as there's a happily ever after, but I just can't sit through it with Harley.
That being said, Batman was my first foray into the realms of yaoi. I read a Batman/Joker fic and it was awesome. Totally ship them too. They'd make an adorable couple.
The Big Bang Theory!:
Sheldon - helloo bedroom eyes.
It's not usually like me to hate on the character that actually get's with the girl/guy I wanted to be with another character, but for Leonard I'll make an exception. He's a whiny little bitch I can only sometimes tolerate. And it's really not because he killed all possibility of Sheldon getting with Penny, I could have lived with that. But Leonard is just such a manipulative little toolbag. I know Sheldon is too, and I'm not trying to excuse that (why would I? Manipulative toolbags are hot) but Leonard does it in such a slimy way. I'm just not a fan of the guy. He has his moments when he's pretty cool, mostly when he's just hanging with his guy friends, but add a girl into the mix and his behavior just weirds me out.
Raj on the other hand, is a total sweety pie. He and Sheldon are the best. And I like Howard now that he's married to Bernadette. I mean, he was cool before, but he grew to be a bit much sometimes. I ship both Shenny and Shamy.
But all in all, TBBT is actually a pretty depressing show. Sometimes I get the feeling none of the characters actually like each other. It's not like How I Met Your Mother, which has all these deep, beautiful friendships - it's just a group of people who hang out with each other because they have no other option, act like they hate it and constantly put each other down, and only occasionally have a meaningful moment. Pretty sad, but ah well. I enjoy it anyway.